12 Contact Hours

This course provides therapists with proven clinical strategies to successfully treat children with autism. Emphasis is on managing and reducing self-stimulatory and maladaptive behaviors, while improving social skills, communication, and performance in academic and functional tasks.

What People Are Saying...

"Excellent Information...this online course was better than attending an actual course." (M.J. - Brownsville, TX)

"Very easy to understand and I enjoyed the therapist's suggestions for therapy. Good ideas and insight!" (P.S. - Gladewater, TX)

"I really enjoyed this course and am already using the strategies and seeing good responses. This material is so, usable!!!!! Thank You!" (L.J. - Tucson, AZ)

"Thank you so much for taking the information you have gathered and lived through and putting it into a useable language for the rest of us. It will be so beneficial in helping my parents/educators and others connected to the Autistic community to understand how we attempt to help their loved ones. I feel that through your course, I am now better prepared to explain and demonstrate better techniques to be used to keep the children in the Zone and improving thier abilities. Thank you again." (D.L. - Elmir, OR)

Instructor: Joel Desotelle, MS OTR/L

    Joel is an occupational therapist who specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults.  He received his Bachelors of Science (B.S) degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) in 1995 and his post-graduate Masters of Science (M.S.) degree from Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) in 2010.  He holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatrics from Misericordia University (2006) and has worked in a variety of settings from out-patient pediatrics to in-patient adults.  Joel is an experienced author and instructor who has presented on a wide range of topics including stroke rehab, neuromuscular disorders, autism, sensory dysfunction, dementia, falls, and outcomes-based therapy.

Audience: OT, OTA, ST

Skill Level: Entry Level, Intermediate

Contact Hours: 12

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Text-Based learning modules, course activities, and interactive forum

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all online activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, you will understand:

  1. Autism and its clinical presentations;
  2. The concept of the Zone and how it can help the autistic child develop neurologically, physically, and socially;
  3. The forms and functions of behaviors exhibited by autistic children;
  4. The impact of the environment on treatment;
  5. How to use different types of activities to achieve the Zone and improve outcomes; and
  6. How to build a rapport with the child.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Treating Autism: Putting the Puzzle Together

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3. Coursework - Treating Autism: Putting the Puzzle Together

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4. Course Final and Survey - Treating Autism: Putting the Puzzle Together


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion